A Heritage Report ProjectOne of the most interesting (and most exhausting) projects of this second grade year was a Heritage Report. Each student was expected to talk to his or her parents about their heritage, pick a country, do research, write a report and make a poster for their country of choice. It was amazing to see a map where every student’s picture was linked to a heritage country. We are in Silicon Valley, and many students are first or second generation Americans with their heritage all over the world. Smarty had an easy time picking a country since earlier this year she went with her Dad to his country of birth, Germany, and loved her experiences there.
Questions for a Country Study
To write their report and design their poster, students had to research and answer the following questions:
- Country’s continent, capital city, language, and currency.
- Draw a country flag and explain its origin.
- What are two things that this country is known for?
- Write down 3 facts that you would like your classmates to know about this country.
- Write about a special holiday from this country.
- Describe your favorite food from this country.
Would you like to visit this country? Why or why not?
- Draw or put a picture of one place your classmates might want to see and explain why.
Country Report Oral PresentationEvery child was expected to present their poster and read from their report in front of their classmates. As an “extra credit”, children were encouraged to bring something to share with their classmates – Smarty brought over Euro coins, Playmobil figures, and passed out Haribo Gummi Bears. She enjoyed tasting food and sweets from other countries too. To ensure that the kids stay attentive during these oral presentations (each child had 15 minutes, and they ran for three days last week), they had a printable where they needed to write down the name of the country, the name of the presenter, and two facts that they learned from each presentation. We attended Smarty’s presentation, and had a different reaction to it. My husband expected more from her, I have a better frame of reference after volunteering in this classroom for a yebut ar, and I think that she did rather well.
Country Studies and GeographyMy blog friend Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom has terrific homeschool country studies and country school report printables.
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